OXFORD COUNTY — Oxford County Soil & Water Conservation District will once again offer an amazing list of native plants for beginning to advanced gardeners throughout Oxford County and the surrounding area.

This year’s list includes many choices of flowering perennials, ferns, vines, groundcovers, ornamental grasses, edible plants, shrubs and trees. Along with old favorites such as Columbine, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, bleeding heart, several varieties of blueberry, pussy willow and American elder are new offerings of Virginia bluebell, Labrador violet, virginbower, cranberry, and sweetfern.

Both deciduous and evergreen tree seedlings are being offered in the sale, with an emphasis on native species, which are not host trees for the emerald ash borer and Asian longhorned beetle. Native conservation gardening is fun, interesting, rewarding and supports our native wildlife-pollinators, plant-eating insects and fruit-eating birds.

For more information about gardening with native plants go to www.wildflower.org, Wildflower Center — A Guide to Native Plant Gardening, or the University of Maine Cooperative Extension UMCE Bulletin #2500 — Gardening to Conserve Maine’s Native Landscape.

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